Recruitment #2402-1813-001


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed charm with a breathtaking art museum, top-flight cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.

The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


The Civil Engineer prepares engineering designs and plans and performs construction review and/or inspection in one or more of the following areas: sewer and environmental engineering; water engineering; street, highway and transportation engineering; traffic engineering; and structural engineering.  

Eligible candidates who successfully complete the selection process will be placed on the highest-level eligible list for which they qualify.

Essential Functions

  • Prepare engineering designs and plans using design software and drawing tools, such as AutoCAD, MicroStation, and Civil 3D.
  • Ensure engineering activities are compliant with environmental, safety and other governmental regulations.
  • Inspect project sites to monitor progress and to ensure conformance to design specifications.
  • Estimate quantities and cost of materials, equipment, and labor, and prepare cost estimates.
  • Review and prepare responses to plans, correspondence, and legislative initiatives.
  • Provide technical advice regarding design, construction, or program modifications and structural repairs.
  • Analyze survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photography, and other topographical or geological data to plan projects.
  • Prepare contract documents.
  • Coordinate design and construction activities.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Minimum Requirements

Both Civil Engineer I & Civil Engineer II levels:

1.  Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from a school accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

2.  Ability to travel independently throughout Milwaukee, either by transit, bicycle, or automobile.

Civil Engineer II

3.  One year of professional civil engineering experience performing functions related to the position.

NOTE: Students with senior status may apply for this position but may not be appointed until their degree has been completed.

NOTE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology.
  • Knowledge of mathematics such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and the ability to make accurate calculations.
  • Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, and their interrelationships and application to understanding fluid dynamics.
  • Ability to prepare engineering plans using design software and drawing tools such as AutoCAD, MicroStation and/or Civil 3D.
  • Skill in the use of computer software such as Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules and technical materials. 

Communication and Interpersonal

  • Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary staff, the public, various City of Milwaukee officials, and other agencies.
  • Ability to communicate with individuals at all levels inside and outside the organization as well as work courteously, cooperatively, and effectively with people whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Written communication skills, including the ability to prepare reports.
  • Commitment to racial equity and inclusion.

Judgment and Responsibility

  • Listening and problem-solving skills to gather information and make informed decisions.  
  • Analytical and reasoning skills.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate information to solve problems.
  • Ability to perform work duties with professionalism, honesty, and integrity.
  • Ability to efficiently plan and coordinate work.

Current Salary

Civil Engineer I

The current salary range (Pay Range 2JN) is $74,027-$92,612 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $76,248-$95,390. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

Civil Engineer II

The current salary range (Pay Range 2KN) is $79,209-$98,704 annually and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $81,586-$101,665. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

In accordance with the City of Milwaukee Salary Ordinance, an employee with a Professional Engineer License will be paid an additional 3%.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance 
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leave 
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: an evaluation of education, experience and/or responses to supplemental questions; a written or performance test, a structured interview or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to structured interviews and performance examinations. Structured interviews may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

INITIAL FILING DATE - The selection process will be held as soon as practical after the deadline listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the selection process components. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative selection process dates or times. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

  • Applications can be accessed by visiting
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.